Shooting at French Jewish School Leaves 3 Dead

By Jeffrey Goldberg

(Update -- the count is now four dead)

Not that much is known yet:

PARIS -- A man opened fire outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, in southwest France, on Monday morning, according to local police and news agencies. Witnesses and officials said three people were killed, two of them children, and two were wounded.

The minister of the interior, Claude Guéant, issued an order to the police, especially in the southwest of France, to intensify security around Jewish schools, according to a press spokesman. The spokesman, Pierre-Henri Brandet, told French news agencies that the shootings occurred outside the Jewish school Ozar Hatora, and that a teacher and two children had been killed. Two other children were wounded, he said.

France has Europe's largest Jewish population. When I was in Israel last week, I heard stories of a wave of real estate purchases by French Jews in various cities. This has been going on for some time, but it seem to have intensified lately. It will probably intensify more now.

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